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The Seamstresses

DIR: Biljana Garvanlieva
2010 / Germany, Macedonia / 30 min


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Talented people like artists or writers who stayed have one choice only: work as seamstresses.
Eriela, Beti and Vesna are seamstresses in the small town of Stip. If they wanted to afford one of their handmade blouses, it would cost them a months salary. While the women are fully employed, their men are less fortunate and find themselves unemployed after the collapse of communism. A situation with a lot of potential conflict for the couples.
The men find it hard to be dependent financially on their women, when they used to proudly provide for the family.
Alongside the textile industry the film tells the parable of the children of Macedonia after the collapse of communism and takes a look behind the curtains of globalization.


Director Biljana Garvanlieva
Screenplay Biljana Garvanlieva
Dir. of Photography Dimo Popov, Manuel Zimmer
Editing André Nier
Music Robert Rabenalt
Sound Manuel Zimmer, Darko Boskovski, Bratislav Zafirovski
Duration 30 min
Year 2010
Country Germany, Macedonia
Colour Colour
Tags social issues, women, work
Production Dream Factory Macedonia, Gebrueder Beetz Film…
Dream Factory Macedonia
Address:  bul. Kuzman Josifovski-Pit.34/1
City:  1000 Skopje
Country:  Macedonia
Web:  www.dream.com/
Phone:  + 389 2 32 11 788
Fax:  + 389 2 32 11 660

Gebrueder Beetz Filmproduktion
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City:  10405 Berlin
Country:  Germany
Web:  www.gebrueder-beetz.de/
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